The Trail of Tears Essay

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The Trail of Tears “The Trail of Tears” was a despicable event in American history because of our government’s inhumane treatment of the Cherokee Nation. To the Cherokee Nation, the journey west, called by them “The Trail Where We Cried,” was a bitter pill forced upon them by a state and federal government that cared little for their culture or society, and even less about justice. To the white settlers, it meant expanding horizons, hope, dreams of riches, and a new life. It was indeed a horrible and tragic event of both our Georgia history and our American heritage that forced the Cherokee west along this route now known as "The Trail of Tears." Governmental action made “The Trail of Tears” despicable because of…show more content…
John Ross agreed that for this amount 17,000 men, women and children would leave voluntarily and relocate to the Indian Territory, now the state of Oklahoma (Video). This was approved by the Cherokee council. The Georgia people and government supported a man by the name of Andrew Jackson who was running for President of the United States. He promised to remove the Indians from their homeland and make it available to the white settlers. He was motivated by greed and ambition. He did not care about the Indian people or remember that one of them had actually saved his life. The important discovery of gold on the Cherokee land brought over 3,000 prospectors who were also motivated by greed and ambition. A small group of radicals led by John Ridge and his cousin Elias Boudinot were persuaded to sign the Treaty of New Echota, giving up Cherokee lands for very few dollars. This proposal had not been approved by the Cherokee council and was done behind the back of John Ross (Video). The government expressed partiality toward white settlers with no respect for Indians. Andrew Jackson showed favoritism to the white settlers and did not care about the Cherokee Indians’ rights to their homeland. This partiality was shown by both the Georgia government and the United States government. Andrew Jackson sent the Indian Removal Act to Congress to be passed. The Georgia government stripped the Cherokee Nation of its government and

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